Led by captain and Olympic heroine Marie-Philip Poulin, Canada presented its team on Monday, which will compete at the World Women’s Hockey Championship, to be held in Denmark.
The Canadian squad will look like the one that won the gold medal last February at the Beijing Olympics.
The Maple Leaf representatives will open the tournament on August 25 against Finland in Herning. This is the first time that the World Cup takes place in the same year as the Winter Games.
Reigning world champions, the Canadians defeated the Americans 3-2 in overtime in the final of the 2021 edition in Calgary.
True to form, Poulin had scored the winning goal in the World Cup, before scoring twice in the Olympic final.
No less than 18 of the 23 players named to the Canadian team were crowned champions at the Beijing Games six months ago.
Forward Brianne Jenner, voted Most Valuable Player of the Olympic Tournament, and goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens are among the players returning to the Maple Leaf roster.
The team was developed following a training camp, where 142 hockey players, including some hopefuls, participated in Calgary.